Course Descriptions

English I (18410R)

Grade Level: 9th grade
Prerequisite: none

English I provides a college level academic atmosphere that expands students’ reading and writing experiences, building a foundation for their high school and post- secondary academic careers. The course will allow students to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding. Students will encounter various genres of literature and several styles of writing, with a particular common core emphasis placed on nonfiction texts as well as evidence based writing. Students will also be encouraged and expected to integrate technology into several project based learning assignments in order to practice solving real world problems. These projects and the course as a whole will allow students to showcase their communication and critical thinking skills.

English I – Honors (18410H)

Grade Level: 9th grade
Prerequisite: none

English I provides a college level academic atmosphere that expands students’ reading and writing experiences, building a foundation for their high school and post secondary academic careers. The course will allow students to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding. Students will encounter various genres of literature and several styles of writing, with a particular common core emphasis placed on nonfiction texts as well as evidence based writing. Students will also be encouraged and expected to integrate technology into several project based learning assignments in order to practice solving real world problems. These projects and the course as a whole will allow students to showcase their communication and critical thinking skills. Honor students will read 8 independent novels in addition to the text taught in the classroom. They will achieve a high level of proficiency for academic writing in a Mel-Con format, grammar and vocabulary. They will also focus on persuasive rhetoric to analyze its devices and write in an academically persuasive manner.

English II (18420R)

Grade Level: 10th grade
Prerequisite: English I

English II is a language arts course for high school sophomores thematically designed approach to literature and non-fiction developed to prepare students for the demands of two or four-year college degree programs and/or for the workplace. Throughout the year, students will participate in student-centered learning in the form of group, partnered and individual work and perform both individual and group presentations. Elements of language are addressed daily through sentence examination. Vocabulary words, ACT words, and word study skills are emphasized, examined, and applied. Composition is also addressed through several forms of writing, including research, research skills, and techniques.

English II – Honors (18420H)

Grade Level: 10th grade
Prerequisite: English I Honors or recommendation

English II is a language arts course for high school sophomores thematically designed approach to literature and non-fiction developed to prepare students for the demands of two or four-year college degree programs and/or for the workplace. Throughout the year, students will participate in student-centered learning in the form of group, partnered and individual work and perform both individual and group presentations. Elements of language are addressed daily through sentence examination. Vocabulary words, ACT words, and word study skills are emphasized, examined, and applied. Composition is also addressed through several forms of writing, including research, research skills, and techniques. Honors students will learn to use literary criticism to analyze texts, and learn more about the historical and cultural contexts of their readings. Advanced classes will also complete more readings and complete an additional research assignment.

English III – Regular (18430R)

Grade Level: 11th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II

The rigorous English III curriculum is designed to help students meaningfully appreciate various genres of British Literature. While reading several books, plays, and poetry, students learn to analyze, synthesize and evaluate the content of a range of literary themes and concepts. Students aim to improve their reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills by exploring and applying specific common instructional framework strategies. In conjunction with this and the use of technology, students compose persuasive, expository and narrative essays and collaboratively create multiple novel-based projects over the course of the academic year. Finally, this common core-based curriculum utilizes informational texts that simulate the types of readings students will read and analyze in college and on the PSAE exam. These informational texts and podcasts are high-interest pieces from highly regarded publications such as the The New York Times, NPR and The BBC.

English III – Honors (18430H)

Grade Level: 11th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II Honors or recommendation

English III Honors is an accelerated curriculum that challenges students to explore and cultivate an understanding of various genres of British Literature. While reading numerous novels, plays, and poetry, students learn to analyze, synthesize and evaluate a range of literary themes and concepts. Students aim to improve their reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills by exploring and applying specific common instructional framework strategies. In conjunction with this and the use of technology, students compose persuasive, expository, narrative and document-based question essays. Additional activities will require students to research, and create oral presentations either individually or as a member of a group and collaboratively create multiple novel-based projects. This common core-based curriculum utilizes informational texts that simulate the types of readings students will read and analyze in college and on the PSAE exam. These informational texts and podcasts are high-interest pieces from highly regarded publications such as the The New York Times, NPR and The BBC. Lastly, students should anticipate an enriching and dynamic academic experience over the course of the school year.

English IV – Regular (18440R)

Grade Level: 12th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II, English III

This course will focus on developing effective reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Reading, writing, and vocabulary strategies will include Socratic seminars, fish bowls, gallery walks, choral montage, making inferences, rereading, Costas Levels of Questioning, vocabulary cards, think-pair-share, think-alouds, GIST, double-sided reading journals, using text features to make predictions and set purpose, Concept Circles, List-Group-Label, and Cornell Notes. Students will work on applying to college and scholarships, applying literary devices, understanding Shakespeare, and participating in choice reading activities. Students will participate in peer editing and rewriting activities. Graphic organizers will help guide writing. Students will spend time in the computer lab developing research skills, using MLA and APA format, and correctly formatting their essays. Students will study literary forms and write both creatively and analytically to expand their literal, interpretive, creative and critical thinking.

English IV – Honors (18440H)

Grade Level: 12th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II, English III Honors or recommendation

This course will focus on developing effective reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. Reading, writing, and vocabulary strategies will include Socratic seminars, fish bowls, gallery walks, choral montage, making inferences, rereading, Costas Levels of Questioning, vocabulary cards, think-pair-share, think-alouds, GIST, double-sided reading journals, using text features to make predictions and set purpose, Concept Circles, List-Group-Label, and Cornell Notes. Students will work on applying to college and scholarships, applying literary devices, understanding Shakespeare, and participating in choice reading activities. Students will participate in peer editing and rewriting activities. Graphic organizers will help guide writing. Students will spend time in the computer lab developing research skills, using MLA and APA format, and correctly formatting their essays. Students will study literary forms and write both creatively and analytically to expand their literal, interpretive, creative and critical thinking. Honors classes will learn to use literary criticism to analyze texts, and learn more about the historical and cultural contexts of their readings. Advanced classes will also complete more readings and complete an additional research assignment.

Humanities, Honors (19610H)

Grade Level: 10
Prerequisite: US History, Regular or Honors, Required for all Humanities STEM students

Today we are interconnected in ways previously never thought possible. We live in an age when increased global political, social, cultural, environmental, and economic interaction, aided by new technologies has become more common. As a result, it is important for our young people to develop the skills to examine their role, not only in their own communities, but in the world that lies beyond their immediate horizon. In addition, students need to find the voice with which they can effectively participate in this global dialogue. The twenty-first century citizen must think on this global scale. This Humanities class represents this intersection of ideas and forms of communication and includes the study of literature, history, philosophy, theology, languages and the appreciation of the the fine arts and music from around the globe. However, the skills developed within our program will give students the proper foundation for entering any professional arena. The class is designed around problem-based and project-based learning where students will learn to work with other students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. This class also includes field trips designed to give students some real-world opportunities for learning.

AP Language and Composition (17510)

Grade Level: 11th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II Honors and recommendation

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to challenge students as readers, writers, and thinkers, and to prepare them for the AP English Language and Composition exam in the spring. The course’s primary focus is rhetoric and rhetorical analysis, so most of the reading is non-fiction. We study the rhetoric of non-fiction essays, visual texts, speeches, films, and other non-fiction pieces. Critical reading and writing are essential components of the course, and we will spend a great deal of time thinking and writing about the various texts we read. This course challenges students to think for themselves and support their assertions with thoughtful and effective evidence. The course is organized by skills and themes. Each unit is designed to develop specific reading and writing skills within the framework of thematic components. Student compositions reflect these various skills and themes. We will take AP style assessments and ACT practice tests throughout the year to assess our progress.

AP Literature and Composition (17010)

Grade Level: 12th grade
Prerequisite: English I, English II, English III Honors, AP Language and recommendation

Students in AP Literature and Composition engage in close reading in a variety of literary works, honing their awareness and understanding of language and the craft of composition. Towards this end, students study the individual work, it’s language, actions and theme, as well as its meaning and structure. Students will discover and apply modes of discourse and rhetorical strategies through reading, listening and speaking, but primarily through their own writing process.

Drama (13310)

Grade Level: 11th and 12th grade
Prerequisite: None

Drama I is a performance- based class. In this class, students will have an opportunity to gain experience in all areas of Theater from Improvisation and Scene Study/Analysis and Acting for the Camera to Technical and Theatrical Stage Design and Lighting. While students are not expected to have professional experience or abilities, they will be expected to behave in a professional manner. Because this is a performance-based class, all students MUST participate and make an effort to perform. Students will be graded first and foremost on their effort and attitude. In addition to the performance element of their grade, students are expected to participate in one production a semester. This participation can either be on a performance level or technical/ support level however, this participation is mandatory. The ultimate goal of this course is to expose students to the joys of performing as a means of expression and entertainment as well as personal development and, provide all students with an insight to the structure and dynamics of a theatrical production.

Writing Workshop (14410)

Grade Level: 11th and 12th
Prerequisite: none

Beginning with a sensory approach to writing, students will learn how to write in a variety of formats to express a variety of meanings. Any student may take this class who has a desire to learn how to write better and is willing to learn new words, concepts and ideas. Skills and concepts to be learned- descriptive writing, narrative writing, persuasive writing, research, note taking, letters, resumes, interviews, journalism skills, college level term paper, poetry, short stories essays, historical research, diary or journal writing, fact and opinion based writing, reading and writing to express information.

Film Studies (19510)

Grade Level: 11th and 12th grade
Prerequisite: None

In this course you will be introduced to different aspects of film and filmmaking. We will be looking at film history, directing, cinematography, editing, sound, and genre. You will learn to view film critically; understand and analyze visual language and grammar; and respond to films through thoughtful writing and oral presentations. Once you have had time to analyze the different elements of film, you will begin to produce and direct your own short films. You will learn ways of analytically taking any film apart and putting it back together; the overall process of film production/distribution/exhibition; how elements of film narrative (story, character, conflict, theme, structure); create meaning how elements of film (script, cinematography, acting, mise-en-scene, editing, sound); create meaning traditional film genres, and the way in which genres develop and react to their times the process of writing films and of writing about films.

Speech (13410)

Grade Level: 11th and 12th grade
Prerequisite: none

Speech provides a college level academic atmosphere for upper classmen designed to develop public speaking skills, critical thinking, persuasive writing and speaking. These experiences are meant to help build upon their foundation for high school and prepare them for their college and post secondary academic careers. The course will allow students to improve their critical reading, writing, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding. Students will analyze various genres of literature, nonfiction, and current events. They will also practice several styles of writing, with a particular emphasis on understanding rhetorical devices and writing persuasively. Students will also be encouraged and expected to integrate technology into several project based learning assignments in order to analyze and practice solving real world problems. Students will develop their abilities to engage in public speeches, Socratic Seminars, and debates throughout the school year, all of which are meant to develop and showcase their communication and critical thinking skills.

Yearbook and Journalism I & II (15610 & 15620)

Grade Level: 11th and 12th
Prerequisite: None

Yearbook/Journalism is a production-based class that introduces students to the fundamental elements and necessary skills required to publish a high school yearbook. Students will be given hands-on experience in Photography, Lay Out and Design, Copy Writing and Editing, Digital Editing and Photoshop techniques as well as Marketing and Advertising experience. Students in the Yearbook/Journalism class will also be given first opportunity to join the Lake View Photo Unit. Members of this unit will receive outside training in camera technique and photographer protocol and are given special passes that allow them free access to Lake View sports and activities while working as a member of this unit.

Sports in Society (14210)

Grade Level: 12th grade
Prerequisite: None

This course serves many purposes. First and foremost, it is a college preparation course for seniors geared toward helping them improve their critical thinking skills, enhance their fundamentals of writing, reinforce their comprehension abilities, and prepare them for the overall college experience. The course contains a heavy reading load of novels (Friday Night Lights, Playing Their Hearts Out, The Heart of the Game, Moneyball, and Coaching the Mental Game), as well as weekly nonfiction periodicals. Students will have the opportunity to write several essays (persuasive, expository, and research) in addition to giving presentations and participating in in-class and online class discussions. Students will become acquainted with online learning through the Canvas tool, which will serve as the class’s main hub for information and assignment submissions. Students will also receive assistance in pursuing athletics in any capacity at the college or career level.